Blythe Benson, LICSW

Welcome!

  

Choosing a therapist can feel overwhelming, so I would like to give you a sense of who I am and what experience I draw from in my practice. Most importantly, it’s necessary that I am someone you can trust and enjoy meeting with since the quality of the the therapeutic relationship is one of the most important factors in supporting growth and change. For that reason, I offer a free 30 minute session to help determine if I would be a good fit for you.    

 

My Approach


In regard to my practice philosophy, I am grounded in the strengths-based perspective and believe that we all possess the tools we need to thrive. I see my role as working collaboratively to help you connect with your core strengths and values while gaining insight into patterns in your life.

People seek counseling for many different reasons. My objective is to assist you with creating a clear path for achieving your goals, and to help you develop coping strategies to enhance resilience, no matter what challenges you face. I would like for you to conclude counseling with a renewed sense of confidence, and experience life with more joy and intention.  





"We have the power to create our lives from the inside out."

--Sharon Salzberg


Services I Provide


Individual counseling for adolescents and adults in the following areas:

  • Depression and anxiety 
  • Stress management 
  • Supporting a loved one with mental illness or chronic medical condition
  • Pregnancy and postpartum support
  • Parenting challenges 
  • Relationship challenges
  • Career and life transitions

Individual Clinical Supevision 

  • I am also an approved clinical supervisor for social workers seeking licensure through the State of Washington, and enjoy providing individual supervision to emerging clinicians  


I draw from elements of the following clinical orientations:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Solution-Focused Therapy 
  • Mindfulness, including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 
  • Attachment Theory
  • Motivational Inteviewing 
  • Psychodynamic Theory


I obtain regular clinical consultation and participate in continuing education to maintain expertise and professional accountability

About Me

 

I am a Seattle area native and sincerely love the Northwest. I earned my Bachelor's in Sociology at the University of Puget Sound, and then spent two years in South Snohomish County in the AmeriCorps program working with at-risk youth. I continued my career in social services as a residential counselor for children with severe psychiatric and behavior disorders before completing my MSW at the University of Washington in 2002. I then worked as a classroom-based therapist for children with behavior disorders before transitioning into hospital-based social work.

Since 2005, I have worked primarily as a psychiatric social worker with adults at the University of Washington Medical Center where I have enjoyed providing clinical assessment and therapy for individuals struggling with serious mental illness and challenging life circumstances. Working for an academic medical center has provided me the opportunity to gain experience with many evidence-based interventions for psychiatric and substance use disorders. I have also collaborated extensively with other disciplines, including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and occupational therapists. I particularly love assisting individuals and family members with creating personal plans for recovery they can have confidence in. 



Please don't hesitate to contact me for a free 30 minute consultation at blythe.cedartree@gmail.com or 

206-855-3835, x2